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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

‘Hamilton’ wins 11 Tonys but fails to break record

NEW YORK – “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary won 11 Tonys, just short of breaking the 12-Tony record held by “The Producers.”

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Life expectancy trends hit home

A new life expectancy map – released last month by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – shows the health discrepancy between the Palouse and the northeastern counties of Washington, confirming what is already well documented.

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Living with Children: ‘Puzzled Grandma’ has right to be

“Puzzled Grandma in the South” recently wrote to “Dear Abby” asking “Why is there so much angst today over raising children, especially in young mothers?” Grandma has observed that moms of her generation (baby boomers) did not agonize over raising kids, and neither did her mother or grandmother. She also rightly points out that today’s moms seem to lean a lot on expert advice, which she thinks is “a bunch of nonsense.” Ironically, I agree. Grandma is correct in her analysis of the problem, which is that “a generation or so back, moms began to elevate their children to top priority in the family over their husbands.”

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Fast action is key to preventing strokes in seniors

June is National Stroke Awareness Month, and more than 75 percent of all people who suffer a stroke are ages 65 and older. According to the American Heart Association, a stroke happens when blood vessels are weakened and rupture or a clot prevents blood from traveling to the brain. A stroke occurs about every 40 seconds, affecting almost 800,000 people a year. About 140,000 people die annually from a stroke in the U.S.

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Hearing to address needs for older adults

Residents in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties are invited to a public hearing Tuesday to discuss needs and gaps in services for older adults and people with disabilities. Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington is having the annual hearing as it plans for service delivery and program bids in the next year along with the 2017 budget.

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s picks for June 12-18

DON’T MISS: The 70th Annual Tony Awards – Late-night funny guy (and Tony winner) James Corden hosts the celebration of Broadway’s finest from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Expect “Hamilton” to dominate. The hip-hop phenomenon leads all productions with 16 nominations, the most ever, and the cast is expected to perform an excerpt from the show. 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS. Other bets

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This massive long block of poured concrete is a bearing wall footing. It will be covered with more concrete that forms the lower level floor. (Tim Carter)

Bearing wall footing is key to a house’s structural integrity

DEAR TIM: My wife and I are building our new home, and we stopped by to see the progress just after the foundation was poured. We saw a massive long block of concrete at least 10 inches thick in the middle of the basement floor. I don’t see how our basement floor will be smooth now with this giant thing in the way. What is it and why would the builder go to this much effort and waste this amount of concrete? Is it too late to remove it? I see pipes passing through the bottom of this concrete. I took lots of photos of this monolith. –

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Best-selling books

Fiction1. “The Emperor’s Revenge (The Oregon Files),” Clive Cussler/Boyd Morrison (Putnam, $29) 2. “Before the Fall,” Noah Hawley (Grand Central, $26) 3. “All Summer Long,” Dorothea Benton Frank (Morrow, $26.99) 4. “15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club),” James Patterson/Maxine Paetro (Little, ...

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Literary Calendar

Author Jess Walter - Presenting his book “We Live in Water.” First author of the new Library Foundation Reading Discussion Series, “Reading for the Library.” Doors open at 5 p.m. and evening includes wine and appetizers. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2540084. Sunday, 6-8 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $30. (208) 769-2315. Auntie’s Morning Book Group - Discussion of “The Razor’s Edge” by Somerset Maugham. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

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Social calendar

Fourth Annual Bay Trail Fun Run - Celebrate National Trails Day and help protect a treasured waterfront trail with your choice of a 5K or 10K run or walk. Awards for top finishers in each age group and T-shirts and giveaways for all. Kids 12 and younger participate for free. Proceeds will support efforts to expand, improve and steward a public shoreline trail on Lake Pend Oreille. Sunday, 9 a.m., Trinity at City Beach Restaurant, 58 Bridge St., Sandpoint. $25. (208) 265-9565. Author Jess Walter - Presenting his book, “We Live in Water.” First author of the new Library Foundation Reading Discussion Series, “Reading for the Library.” Doors open at 5 p.m. and evening includes wine and appetizers. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2540084. Sunday, 6-8 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $30. (208) 769-2315.

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